Genesis Chapter 39 and Chapter 40

Chapter 39: Yoseph a Slave in Egypt

1 Now Yoseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian bought him from the Ishmaylites who had taken him down there. 2 Yah was with Yoseph and he was a successful man and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 3 And his master saw that Yah was with him and that Yah made all he did to prosper in his hand. 4 So Yoseph found favor in his sight and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house and all that he had he put under his authority. 5 So it was from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and that he had, that Yah blessed the Egyptian’s house for Yoseph’s sake and the blessing of Yah was on all that he had in the house and in the field. 6 Thus he left all that he had in Yoseph’s hand and he did not know what he had except for the bread which he ate. Now Yoseph was handsome in form and appearance. 7 And it came to pass after these things that his master’s wife cast longing eyes on Yoseph and she said, “Lie with me”. 8 But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house and he has committed all that he has to  my hand”. 9 “There is no one greater in this house than I nor has he kept back anything from me but you because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against Yah”? 10 So it was, as she spoke to Yoseph day by day that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her. 11 But it happened about this time when Yoseph went into the house to do his work and none of the men of the house was inside. 12 That she caught him by his garment saying, “Lie with me”. But he left his garment in her hand and fled and ran outside. 13 And so it was, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and fled outside 14 That she called to the men of her house and spoke to them saying, “See he has brought in to us a Hebrew to mock us. He came in to me to lie with me and I cried out with a loud voice.” 15 “And it happened, when he heard that I lifted my voice and cried out that he left his garment with me and fled and went outside. 16 So she kept his garment with her until his master came home. 17 Then she spoke to him with words like these saying, “The Hebrew servant whom you brought to us came in to me to mock me”. 18 “So it happened, as I lifted my voice and cried out that he left his garment with me and fled outside”. 19 So it was, when his master heard the words which his wife spoke to him saying, “Your servant did to me after this manner” that his anger was aroused. 20 Then Yoseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison. 21 But Yah was with Yoseph and showed him mercy and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. 22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Yoseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison. Whatever they did there, it was his doing. 23 The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Yoseph’s authority (literally his hand) because Yah was with him and whatever he did Yah made it prosper.

*See Jasher 44:64-68, Potiphar’s eleven month old baby testified in Yoseph’s defense against Zelicah, Potiphar’s wife. The baby witnessed her sexual harassment daily and Yah caused the baby to speak clearly about the goings-on. Potiphar was having Yoseph whipped when the baby spoke.

Chapter 40: The Prisoner’s Dreams

1 It came to pass after these things that the butler (or cup-bearer) and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their master, the king of Egypt. 2 And Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief butler and the chief baker. 3 So he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison, the place where Yoseph was confined. 4 And the captain of the guard charged Yoseph with them and he served them. So they were in custody for a while. 5 Then the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison had a dream, both of them, each man’s dream in one night and each man’s dream with its own interpretation. 6 And Yoseph came in to them in the morning and looked at them and saw that they were sad. 7 So he asked Pharaoh’s officers who were with him in the custody of his master’s house saying, “Why do you look so said today”? 8 And they said to him, “We each have had a dream and there is no interpreter of it”. So Yoseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to Yah? Tell them to me, please”. 9 Then the chief butler told his dream to Yoseph and said to him, “Behold, in my dream a vine was before me 10 And in the vine were three branches. It was as though it budded, its blossoms shot forth and its clusters brought forth ripe grapes”. 11 “Then Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand and I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup and placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand”. 12 And Yoseph said to him, “This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days”. 13 “Now within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your place and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand according to the former manner, when you were his butler”. 14 “But remember me when it is well with you and please show kindness to me. Make mention of me to Pharaoh and get me out of this house”. 15 “For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews and also I have done nothing here that they should put me into the dungeon”. 16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said to Yoseph, “I also was in my dream and there were three white baskets on my head”. 17 “In the uppermost basket were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh and the birds ate them out of the basket on my head”. 18 So Yoseph answered and said, “This is the interpretation of it: The three baskets are three days”. 19 “Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head from you and hang you on a tree and the birds will eat your flesh from you”. 20 Now it came to pass on the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast for all his servants and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. 21 Then he restored the chief butler to his butlership again and he placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand. 22 But he hanged the chief baker as Yoseph had interpreted to them. 23 Yet the chief butler did not remember Yoseph but forgot him.

*Book of Yasher 46:19-20, Yah gave Yoseph two more years in prison because he trusted in man to get him out.


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